20 years of unpaid knitting honoured

DIANA Shurmer isn't used to being in the spotlight. The great-grandmother, from Harris Park, who devotes a lot of her time and energy helping others, was honoured at a volunteers' appreciation ceremony at Westmead Hospital for 20 years of unpaid service yesterday.

Since 1994, Mrs Shurmer, who turns 72 today, has knitted and crocheted items for the hospital's gift boutique to help raise funds for medical equipment.

"It's just that I wanted to do something that was useful and help other people," she said.

"I mainly make the shawls and the baby layetts for newborns. There's probably a few thousand babies running around with things I've made."

Mrs Shurmer was one of nine volunteers recognised yesterday by Westmead Hospital executive director Shaun Drummond for extraordinary continuous years of service.

Westmead Hospital's corporate services director Matthew Noone thanked Mrs Shurmer for dedicating 20 years of her life.

Each week, more than 150 volunteers give more than 800 hours of their time to Westmead Hospital.

"I am so proud of her," said Mrs Shurmer's daughter Michelle Shurmer. "She goes in on a Thursday, drops off whatever she's been working on and nine times out of 10 it is all sold by the afternoon."

Visit parramattasun.com.au for a story on one of Westmead Hospital's volunteer buggy drivers, Harris Park resident Chris Michael.

Volunteers honoured:

Phyllis Carlyon (20 years), Joe Reyes (15 years), Yvonne Morgan (15 years), Terry Kennedy (10 years), Jill Pollett (5 years), Leonie Clarke (5 years), Parveen Goal (5 years), Diane Dickhart (5 years).

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